The NSLC is responsible for beverage alcohol permits. The need for such documentation spans from beverage alcohol use at special events and functions to manufacturing and distribution of alcohol related products. To guide you through the process of obtaining a permit the NSLC has created specific permits for specific situations. Please review the options below. If you need additional assistance, please contact Carol Andrews by emailing carol.andrews@myNSLC.com.
Special Occasion Licenses Events listed as Special Occasion in which alcohol will be available to the public are the responsibility of the Alcohol and Gaming Authority. Events such as weddings, parties open to the public and community events all require a Special Occasion License from the AGA. Inquiries should be referred to them at (902) 424-6160. They also have a website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/agd.
General Permits Beverage alcohol, besides being purchased to be consumed socially, is also used for medicinal and health purposes, for flavoring or condiments in food preparation, and for specially designated religious ceremonies. All of these activities require an NSLC permit. See below for downloadable forms.
The types of permits issued are:
Food Industry & Food Manufacturers
Mechanical & Scientific
Supplier Permits Liquor Suppliers and Manufacturers operating in the Province of Nova Scotia must be registered with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. These include any special operations such as Private Retail Stores, Hospitality Rooms, Warehousing and the Manufacturing site itself. All of these activities require a permit. See below for downloadable forms.
The types of permits issued are:
Brewery, Distillery, & Winery Manufacturing and/ or Retail Outlet
Farm Winery / Cottage Winery and/ or associated Retail Outlet
Warehousing of Beverage Alcohol
Hospitality Rooms for brewery, distillery or winery
Special Event liquor tastings
Applications may be obtained by contacting the Permit Office located at the NSLC Head Office complex at 93 Chain Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Industrial Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia or by calling Carol Andrews at (902) 450-5914 during business hours; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will also be provided with initial requirements and NSLC Regulations sections 26 through 37. There is a nominal fee for these permits.
Registered Representative Permits The NSLC has partnered with Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations (SNSMR) to administer our Registered Representative Permits. SNSMR uses its processes and technology at the Nova Scotia Business Registry to streamline the registration process. SNSMR administers all aspects of the renewal, including reminders, payments and permit preparation. The NSLC still retains control of permits under the Liquor Control Act and will continue to review and approve new applications and renewals.
All other permits, such as Temporary Off-Site Store and Tasting Permits, Farm Winery Permits, Agency Permits, etc. will still be handled by the NSLC.
To apply for a registered representative permit or to renew an existing permit, please visit the SNSMR web site at: www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/ndxnslc.asp.
Information and Checklists
Brew Pub Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a brew pub in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed. Please note that all products brewed at a brew pub can only be sold on-premise; they cannot be sold to licensees nor exported.
If you are interested in setting up a distillery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.
Farm Winery Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a farm winery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.
Liquor Representative Requirements
If you are interested in representing liquor products in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.
Micro Brewery Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a micro brewery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.
If you plan to open a farm winery or distillery in Nova Scotia and would like to sell your product at the facility location, you will need to ensure the facility is located in a wet area (liquor sales are legal) of Nova Scotia. If your location is in a dry area (liquor sales are illegal), you will need to conduct a plebiscite. The following are the procedures to follow for a plebiscite.
International Private Immportations of Liquor
International Private Importations Form
Contained in this document is guidlelines, fees, and information for individuals who wish to bring beverage alcohol into the province which exceeds the legal allowance.
Inter-Provincial Travel - Personal Import Information
Contained in this document is information for residents of Nova Scotia who are returning to the province from elsewhere in Canada and brining beverage alcohol back to Nova Scotia.
To view a complete list of permit application forms click HERE
For instructions on how to complete these forms, please refer to the NSLC Permits How To document.